It’s been longer than I had planned on updating, my apologies, but right now we are integrateing our puppy more into our lives. The thing is, she’s still a puppy. We are still working on getting her obedience solid and with family she’s great!
However, she hasn’t been socialised enough with her trainer being busy at his day job. Now she’s 11 months old and I have a problem to correct that my trainer created by getting another puppy at the time when he should have been concentrating his “precious little extra time” (his words, not mine) on the service dog he agreed to help train.
She’s 70lbs of German Shepherd Dog who barks at a person coming close to her or dogs. Especially dogs. So I need a way to give -me- more confidence in our lives as they combine, and I’ve founda wonderful course by a service dog trainer that is helping with exactly that!
One of the main issues in this house is our two cats don’t want anything to do with her. They just aren’t having it with Saathee’s energy level and her heightened herding instincts.
I get it. We are teaching the puppy, finally correctly, not to rush up to the puppy gate. We are getting her obedience to a level that we can give commands from a distance. But the cats don’t know that.
(Though Joni loooooves to watch Saathee’s training sessions. Lol)
They’ve just seen all the times the 70lbs monster has made her way through the cat door and we didn’t prevent it.
I get it.
So this course gives me a concept from day one of week one that was greatly lacking – eye contact. Now I find her looking up at me a lot, to check in, tosee where I’m looking…
We worked on eye contact, then eye contact in motion on a leash… then the lessons start to build in obedience each week from there. It’s not a beginner’s course, one needs the basics down. It is just what I needed, and pup is certainly enjoying learning new things.
It’s been $@#£’n awesome to see the results over the last three weeks. Of course being consistent with training when you’re ill is hard enough, but I’ve had (1) muscles in my back thrown out (and pinching my sciatic nerve in the first week) AND I had (2) a Sphenocath done 27 Oct.
What is a Sphenocath? you ask?
It’s putting a medicine into a sinus pocket that has a nerve bundle with a direct and short link to the brain. Said medicine blocks pain receptors in this powerful nerve bundle. The primary use is to relieve chronic migraines, but we are hoping with me maybe it will help with abdominal migraines? Maybe. And maybe it’ll help with general pain? Maybe. We’ll see. So far my head pressure has lightened!
How do they do this procedure? you ask? It’s a small syringe (no needle) up the nose (you are given lidocaine to freeze the nose, I didn’t feel anything until the actual medicine poured into the pocket, no pain felt at all) while you lay on your back on an exam table, head tilted back a little.
If my back hadn’t hurt so bad, it wouldn’t be such a bad memory… but that procedure was hard. Grade 10 hard. It made my internal temperature raise 4° in just moments!! (my doctor was learning this procedure, so I got to volunteer to have her train on me) and I had N/V come on so fast once the sweat started and my body felt cold and wet, yet hot… arg.
I had to hold my head straight enough that I didn’t move the medicine, but over enough so I didn’t choke on my own vomit.
I also was so weak I couldn’t move any limbs, couldn’t talk for about a minute.
My doctor says, “you’re always my one patient!”
Really not a nice memory. I came out thinking I’d never, EVER, do that again.
Days later, after the bad taste of lidocaine plus the medicine dissipated…
I am seeing less head pressure now than I have in years. That alone is huge, but that’s not all. And though at this moment, as I write, the brain fog is strong… I can still recognize the fog, not just feel “this is my brain’s existence.” I can observe myself with a lot more clarity.
That is incredible and I’m already feeling like I might repeat the process if the good results continue. I haven’t had a migraine since before the procedure, another plus. You’d think, wait… waitwaitwait… you’d do that again?!
The thing is…
10 minutes of hell and a day to recover that I can plan for
these exact symptoms (and more) coming randomly WITH the migraine headache that I cannot plan for…
Yeah. It’s a wait and see game, kinda like with the cats and dog. Lol